GoTopless congratulates Bare With Us organizers and joins their event Aug 1 in Waterloo, ON
TORONTO, Aug. 1 – According to a statement released today, the women’s rights organization GoTopless (gotopless.org) is congratulating organizers of the group Bare With Us for echoing GoTopless’s activism. Both organizations stand for equal gender topless rights and encourage other women to exercise those rights.
Members of the Toronto GoTopless branch will also join a Bare With Us protest being held in Waterloo, Ontario, today. Their message is very simple:
"As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right, or else men should also have to wear something to hide their chests.” These are the words of spiritual leader Maitreya Rael, founder of GoTopless.org.
“We would like to remind everyone that it’s legal for women to go topless in Ontario and that doing so hasn’t been considered indecent there since 1991, thanks to Gwen Jacob, a young activist who made history,” said Diane Brisebois, leader of the Toronto GoTopless branch and spokesperson for GoTopless. “So how is it possible that in Ontario, even today, many police officers are so ill-informed about this law that applies within their province? Women who are merely exercising their legal rights and enjoying the nice weather are getting arrested and being humiliated. Why?"
Brisebois said the need to protest has become more and more obvious recently.
“In the past several months, women and girls going topless have experienced many discriminatory situations throughout Canada,” she explained. “We must remind the police and the public that going topless is completely legal everywhere in Ontario and that the continuing harassment will not be tolerated.”
She added that GoTopless members have an additional reason for participating in protests.
“We’re celebrating our 8th GoTopless anniversary this year by demonstrating in several U.S. and Canadian cities as well as in other cities around the world,” Brisebois concluded.
Father calls the police on woman swimming topless in river in order to "protect" his children
Emmie Tyson is a Washington State topless activist in her twenties. She shares this story about her life-long activism starting when she was 7. Recently, on July 9, a father called the police on her for swimming topless in a river because he wanted to protect his children playing on the river bank.
I identify as gender-fluid, but embrace my female body. My physical body doesn’t define my gender.
All my life I have felt somewhat disappointed by what I could and could not do as a woman. When I was a kid I dreamed of being a Boy Scout. All my friends were Boy Scouts and I wanted to join them on their adventures. Unfortunately, I could not join them. I was confused. Why couldn’t I join my friends? Why was I being excluded because of something I was born with and could not change? Eventually I accepted it and moved on.
One day, my father took me to the YMCA pool. I was about 7 years old and I loved swimming. The pool wasn’t in our town, so I didn’t get to go too often. When I got into the changing room I realized I forgot my swimsuit top back at the house. There was no time to drive back and grab it because open swim was coming to a close. My dad and I politely asked the lifeguard if I could wear some of my street clothes into the pool. He explained how only swimwear was allowed. We then asked if I could just go shirtless. I had no breasts, and if my hair was shorter I could have been easily mistaken for a little boy. He objected and said that it would not be appropriate. I went home without going swimming that day.
I asked my mom and dad numerous times why I couldn’t go swimming without a top when the boys could. Nothing they said made any sense, and it still doesn’t.
Last year I started getting interested in being involved in the topless rights movement. Being gender-fluid; some days I just don’t feel like a woman, but I embrace my body. I am treated with more respect and equality on my more masculine days. Being topless doesn’t feel wrong at all. It feels natural. All the boys were doing it, why can’t I? I can’t change the body I was born with, besides, women are beautiful.
Then, on July 9, 2015 in Snohomish WA, at 9:45 pm, I almost got charged with a crime for going topless. It was dusk when my friends and I decided to go swimming. Out of respect I asked the people around me if they minded me going topless, and nobody minded except one man. He said that he didn’t want his children "exposed to it". I walked down the river until I was out of sight of his children. I took my shirt off once I was fully submerged in the water. I had my back facing the side of the river he was on the whole time. I made sure not to let his children see, and they paid no attention to me. Once it was dark and they were leaving, I swam closer to their side of the river. About five minutes later there was a police officer on shore shining a light in my face. He asked me to come to shore and put a shirt on. He explained to me that the man contacted the police. The man claimed he “saw everything” and wanted to protect his children. The whole evening I was at least 100 yards away, underwater, with my back turned towards them, and it was almost completely dark out.
Although I had witnesses, the man almost pressed charges on me. I just wanted to feel like an equal. I wasn’t attacking his family, I was just enjoying the same rights that men have. It felt terrible knowing that I could be arrested for something on my body that I did not choose to have. I could be arrested for having something that 51% of our population has. Men have nipples, and some even have breasts! Men don’t ever have to worry about being put in jail for showing their chest off. They don’t have to worry about being constantly sexualized by the media.
If we only see topless females in porn, then of course female breasts will be sexualized. I would feel less dysphonic in my own body if I had the same treatment as men. I’ll take the good and the bad.
I just want to be equal.
Emmie is organizing a GoTopless Day event in Snohomish on Aug 23rd.
Healing the brain from shame and guilt with Sensual Meditation: PART 2 of our interview with Dr. Marcus Wenner
In part 1 of our interview with Dr. Marcus Wenner, we learned how anti-topless laws can harm the brain. The good news is that we can undo that damage by practicing the techniques Spiritual Leader, Rael who inspired the founding of GoTopless, describes in his book Sensual Meditation. In part 2, Dr. Marcus Wenner explains how.
What is Sensual Meditation?
Sensual Meditation is a meditation technique from spiritual leader Rael that teaches "the awakening of the mind through the awakening of the body."
Could you give us a practical example of how it works?
A simple way to illustrate this concept of mind-body connection is to imagine a depressed person walking in the street. She might be stooped over, a sad expression on her face. One approach would be to suggest she alters her posture, to stand tall, to smile. Changing body posture and facial expression will alter the brain chemistry and help change the way that person feels.
How would Sensual Meditation techniques be used to rewire one's brain for body acceptance and empowerment?
Rael’s Sensual Meditation book is the ultimate guide for human happiness because it does more than explain the indispensable and pleasurable sensory wiring between our minds and body parts.For example, one of the meditations consists of sending love to every part of the body. This act of feeling love reinforces the neural connections between each part of the body with its corresponding brain site, and so develops and maintains that part of the brain, waking it up from atrophy if it has been neglected in the past, and which then returns the compliment and develops the health and sensitivity back to that part of the body. It also introduces another dimension: infinity. Opening the mind to this concept allows human beings to absolutely thrive!
Since we’ve been speaking about breasts, let's take that body part as an example:
The Sensual Meditation technique will help our brains connect with our breasts. With a little practice, we’ll be able to feel the skin of our breasts, and all our breast tissue will tingle just by thinking about it. That connection will bring us immense joy. In time, it will help us wipe away any feelings of body shame. It will rewire our brains for health.
But the meditation goes a step further. Our breasts, and our brains too, for that matter, are composed of cells, atoms and tiny particles that go down in size all the way to the infinitely small. So when we feel your breasts and entire body with our mind and senses, we’re actually tuning into infinity. We’re tuning into both the infinitely small and the infinitely large, and that's a bath you definitely don't want to miss!
What specific meditations would you recommend for our GoTopless readers?
Using Rael’s Sensual Meditation book as a guide, I suggest:
Meditation #1: Tuning to Infinity and Meditation #5: Discovering Our Body.
GoTopless: Thank you for all this wonderful information!